Wagonwheel Lake & Silver Snag Hill

This is a strenuous 7 mile round trip hike, gaining 4,000 ft to wide-open spectacular views of the Olympic Sawtooth Range and surrounding peaks. The route follows the trail to Wagonwheel Lake and then beyond on way trail to the Silver Snag Hill summit.

Beginning at Staircase Ranger Station, the trail climbs 3,200 ft to Wagonwheel Lake (4,100 ft).  Many hikers are disappointed with the limited vistas here, but continue northeast  another 800 feet of elevation to Silver Snag Hill's false summit.

Here you'll find spectacular views of the Sawtooth Range, Mount Stone, Mount Washington, Mount Elinor, and its closest neighbor, Copper Mountain.

The hiking route ends at Silver Snag's false summit, just short of the true summit.  Scramblers can continue along or below the ridge line to the high point at 4,755 ft.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • 4,750 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
Map
  • USGS Mt Skokomish
  • Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
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